Our Inspired Vision Depends on Inspired Community Partners

Health for a Better World starts with our commitment to understanding and serving the needs of the community, especially the poor and vulnerable. In 2018, driven by our Mission and together with our community-focused, innovative partners, Providence St. Joseph Health in Los Angeles County, Orange County and the High Desert invested more than $370 million in community benefit, building community conditions that promote and transform health and well-being.

We believe health is a human right. This belief undergirds our efforts to support comprehensive access to health and social services addressing the foundational gaps in care for the most poor and vulnerable members in our communities. With each investment we make and partnership we develop, we find ways to best address and prioritize our region’s most challenging needs as identified through our community health needs assessment. The process includes a review of public health data and interviews with key stakeholders and otherwise under-represented populations. This past year, we focused on supporting community programs that addressed:

  • Access to health care and services
  • Mental health and substance use services
  • Social determinants of health and well-being, including housing, food insecurity, and education

Ultimately, we want to address the root causes of these conditions and identify community-based solutions that transform the health of our communities. We are working to increase the number of people who have access to health care, connect individuals with resources, and address core issues such as food insecurity and housing instability, social isolation, education and other factors that contribute to improved well-being.

Some of the inspiring ways our investments are working in our community include:

  • The Los Angeles County hospitals came together to address access to care and food insecurity with the community health worker model, have increased health insurance enrollment in hard to reach communities, and are the top enrollee of electronic CalFresh applications in the county.
  • The Orange County hospitals came together to activate the Each Mind Matters campaign, an initiative to reduce the stigma of mental health in low income communities.
  • St. Mary Medical Center implemented Communities of Excellence programs in four High Desert cities, empowering low income residents to advocate and provide services to improve their health.
  •  All our hospitals support affiliated community health centers so that uninsured persons are able to receive primary care services in their neighborhoods.

We invite you to learn more about how we are working to meet community needs and help people live their healthiest lives and, if called, to get involved.

We are grateful for the opportunity to serve Los Angeles County, Orange County and the High Desert, and we look forward to continued partnership as we seek to collectively achieve Health for a Better World.